Broken Boy

by slackwater

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about

A sonorous journey through the paramnesia of our titular Anti-Hero, Broken boy explores nostalgia for a time that never existed, including love with a withering tree, distorted memories of drowning relatives, and the increasingly blurred lines between sleep and waking life.

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released August 9, 2016

Archie O'Neal: Lead Bass, Vocals, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Arranging
Bobby Stocking: Drums, Aux Percussion, Laugh
Greg Hendler: Lead Guitar, "AAAAAAAAHHHHHH"
Mike Stearns: Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Violins, Violas, Mandolin, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Bass, Everything in his room that could be tremolo picked, Aux Percussion, Alto Sax, Arranging

With help from:
Slay Rowe: Vibraphone on Unrequited
Nick Keller :Trumpet on The Climb, Wasasamba & Unrequited
Conner Napolitano: Trombone on Unrequited
Colin Sanders: French Horn on Wasasamba

Recorded by Mike Stearns with help from Archie O'Neal and Greg Hendler @ Mike's Bedroom, Under The Couch, & Archie's Living Room
Mixed by Mike Stearns
Mastered By Greg Hendler
Album Art By Mike Stearns

Thanks to Lisa Rossi, Joe Hadden, Derek Liddell, Tracie Hinnant, Mark Logue, and the families of Slackwater for supporting us; my roomates: Rithesh, James and Greg for putting up with me recording and mixing every night until 3am; Randy Jansen, Dakota Floyd, Matt Howe, Yancey, Bennett Kane, and everyone in the Atlanta music scene for providing a place to perform and support for local musicians who choose to; Finally, to Atlanta and the inhabitants therein for inspiring joy and consternation compelling enough to write music about.

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Track Name: Broken Boy
Maiden Hair: part in the center, alone in the garden you danced in your fallen leaves.
Mournful glare, glistening with every breath. The wind exhaled and swallowed the debris.
I did all I could, I'm drowning but it feels good.

Broken boy: skipping his records, stuck an all his same old melodies.
Heavy steps back to that hallow swale, he stood on the steps and retired another year

When his heart gave out under the canopy, the darkened old stadium faded under the breeze
When the shots rang out down from the balcony, your frail copper petals and seeds succumbed to the freeze.

And I did all I could, I'm drowning, but it feels good.

Broken boy, you could not save her, encircled in red she called out for deafened ears.
Track Name: I Was an Ocean
So it begins, born from heartbreak
under this hazy purple sky that we once shared.

Another day, a fresh new torment
It's this lack of purpose that's eating away at the boy I used to know

But if we take it slow, soon I hope, it'll get easier

You said I was an ocean
but you sailed across
with all my commotion you got lost
you got lost

So you got away? Good for you.
but my life's just been so empty since you withdrew

It's funny how your love turned to hatred since you skewed
all the memories of the merriment. It's all been misconstrued, you know it's true.

You said I was an ocean
but you sailed across
with all my commotion you got lost
you got lost

Last night I dreamed I was holding you, you were holding me and I felt home at last.
But when I awoke there was no trace of you no trace of me.
I'm a hollow fragment of my past.
You said you wouldn't throw me away, instead
you stabbed me in the back.
I was forsaken, I was betrayed. My life seeped out through the cracks.
I was left for dead the day that you fled, I lost all sight of the tracks.

Float on by those faded signs, but I'm crawling.
The sun is rising over the highway lines, but I'm falling.

It's what you said, what about all those promises?
You lied to me.
You played for me a fool, love
Track Name: Beneath the Waves
Lean in close and follow me beneath the waves.
Perplexed wrinkles in the sheets leave their peaks in your head.

Your body's here but you're miles away, a pretty face to meet the day.
Let it all fall out from your mind so you can't hide.

We have time to run, the sun is shining.
You're getting anxious, don't fall away.
The tone will change if you wait.

Your body's here but you're miles away, a pretty face to meet the day.
Let it all fall out from your mind so you can't hide.
Track Name: Outgrown
Wait, you wandered astray through the decay that resides in my brain
Hey, you're just a little depraved, but I had what you craved so we wasted the day

Know everything goes, we must escape what we've outgrown

Your movement betrayed a sense of dismay, that you were afraid.
But you put yourself on display, and what you became, we could not contain.

Know everything goes, we must escape what we've outgrown
Track Name: The Clĭmb
Trust it will never break away. Like a spider on a thread, you tether your fate to mine. Feel it sway.
Know these memories will fade, through the bourbon on your breath we'll face the past, uproot the distress we retain

Lately I've been climbing up a mountain with no crest, all the aches the keep returning but the feelings never did.

You say "please you've got to calm down, it's of no consiquence", but it seems lately I've been dwelling on the insignificant.

If I stop tearing at the seams, could I just live in my dreams?

Don't Break us down, we've come so far. Your brother drowned your mom, he wants a war. I won't help you swim, no I won't help you swim, though I wanted to.

Breath in your last breath as your life begins to crest
Hold in your secrets, and we'll lay your soul to rest
Track Name: Wasasamba
No, while it's not love, it isn't animal impulse
But you caught my eye, you could spiral round my mind every night.

While she had me on the other line, the stars all began to realign
and you had the will to push her right out of my mind
I guess that might be fine

It drives me insane waiting for you

I'm hanging on every word you say, my heart was not unswayed
All those regrets just slip away, all memories degrade


While she had me on the other line, the stars all began to realign
and you had the will to push me right out of my mind
I guess that might be fine

It drives me insane falling for you
Track Name: Unrequited
Found myself in a golden haze
Never wasted so many days
but I wish they'd put that silver spoon back in my mouth

back when it could rain all day
I had sunshine when the sky was grey
but we were kids then look where we are now

all because good times weren't good enough
we wanted someone to love

before the jesters got on the stage
for an hour they prepared their play
but the wild beasts they fed could not be allowed

The king was so dismayed
he grabbed some coffee down at the cafe
but he started the party and I wish I was there now

all because good times weren't good enough
we wanted someone to love

Take all those twisted cells inside your brain
all the happiness you felt begins to wane
scrape the crusty bow along those metal strings
as the shell inside your veins starts to ring

This house ain't home no more
it eroded long ago

You were my best friend
you're my best friend, you were my
You made my life OK on a rainy
you made my

and I think I've had enough
of this unrequited love